Golf World players of the week: March 22-28
John Catlin, New Mexico
Two down with two to play in the deciding match against USC's Martin Trainer at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, the freshman won the last two holes at Ritz Carlton GC outside Tucson, then beat Trainer on the 19th hole to give New Mexico a 3-2 team win.
Catlin drained a snaking 35-foot putt along a ridge on the 18th green to square the match and force sudden death. On the first playoff hole, Trainer hit his tee shot off the fairway and in the desert and had to punch out while Catlin hit his approach shot 30 feet from the hole.
After Catlin rolled his birdie putt 8 inches past the hole, Trainer conceded the putt, ending the match and giving the Lobos the title. "Coming down the stretch I was committed to hit quality golf shots and I did it," Catlin said. "It feels great, especially knowing how much it all meant for the team."
Lindy Duncan, Duke
The freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was the only player to break par at the Liz Murphey Collegiate, shooting a three-under 213 at University of Georgia GC in Athens, Ga., to earn the individual title by eight strokes. It was her first college victory. She also propelled the Blue Devils (25-over 889) to a 21-stroke team victory over Alabama.
"I had a plan going into each day, and it was really windy the first two days," said Duncan, who shot a 70-72-71. "I wanted to hit a lot of greens, the greens there are very undulating, but I just had confidence in my putting to know that I could 2-putt, and I putted really well."